Lauryn Hill starts serving prison time

By Drum Digital
09 July 2013

Lauryn Hill has started serving a three-month prison sentence for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade. The 37-year-old singer pleaded guilty last year in the case. During a forceful statement to the judge, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxesbut was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

Lauryn is said to have pinned her tax woes with the IRS on historical racism in a blog post she later wrote.

I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term ‘make the IRS whole’… make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities. The entire time, I thought, who has made black people whole?! Who has made recompense for stealing, imposing, lying, murdering, criminalizing the traumatized, taking them against their wills, destroying their homes, dividing their communities, ‘trying’ to steal their destinies, their time, stagnating their development, I could go on and on. Has America, or any of the nations of the world guilty of these atrocities, ever made black people or Africa whole or do they continue to sit on them, control them, manipulate them, cage them, rob them, brutalize them, subject them to rules that don’t apply to all? Use language, veiled coercion, and psychological torment like invisible fences to keep them locked into a pattern of limitation and therefore control by others. You have to remain focused to cease from rage.

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